How to Use a Compass

By: Kyle Rogers

The Magnetic Feild.

The magnetic field is an invisible force field that keeps away most of the Sun's rays, but some still get through to the Earth. The picture above is what the magnetic field really looks like, but the human eye can't see it. Some of the sun's rays ride the magnetic field and hits another layer of protection around the Earth. These are known as the Southern or Northern lights. The tip of the red arrow on a compass points to where the field curves around and touches the Earth.

First,

you put your compass flat in your hand.

Second,

you put the tip of the red arrow where the N is on the compass.

Third,

you find which way you need to go.

Fourth,

you turn the way you need to go and you start walking!
Informational video!

(mapping and compasses)